Why is the ankle so difficult to recover function after a stroke? There are a lot of reasons that circle around the neurological control of the ankle, the complexity of the ankle joint, and problems with sensory awareness after stroke. If you think about it, it is pretty cool that a foot and skinny little ankle can support our entire body all day long!
So, I really do not like the plastic molded ankle joints that so many people are sent home with! They make NO sense to me. They are rigid, have no energy storage, block sensory signals from the foot, block the natural motion of the foot bones and they are just plain ugly. I think it is time we all start demanding that stroke survivors be fit with dynamic, energy storing ankle braces.
There are a lot available, but here are the four I have worked with just this week and have been very pleased with how well they work in not only providing support to the ankle, but providing for a dynamic, energy-storing system that actually helps one learn to walk again.
Please note that this information is provided for educational purposes and does NOT provide endorsement of any particular device.